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Tribal TelevisionsViewing Native People in Sitcoms$
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Dustin Tahmahkera

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469618685

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618685.001.0001

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The Neo-Indian in King of the Hill

The Neo-Indian in King of the Hill

(p.106) Chapter Three The Neo-Indian in King of the Hill
Tribal Televisions

Dustin Tahmahkera

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the popularity, televisual heritage, political representations, and audience reception of the animated sitcom King of the Hill. The portrayal of John Redcorn in the animated sitcom shows an indigenous character as the most developed and complex in U.S. sitcom history, a cartoon character whom audiences consider as the most human and multidimensional Indian in the genre. The creation of Redcorn signals the emergence of a “neo-Indian” in sitcoms.

Keywords:   King of the Hill, animated sitcom, John Redcorn, Indian, neo-Indian

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